Gerri Spilka

Gerri Spilka

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Gerri’s textile practice explores human interactions, often in urban settings. Inspired by color and shapes, she often works on several series at a time across various processes which inform each other.

Combined together in different configurations, Gerri’s large, abstract, often anthropomorphic shapes, suggest aspects of the human condition. Ambiguous interactions between people and landform/place, to abstracted gestures and emotions, to the body itself as it really is: whatever shape, and size are expressed through bold figure and ground. 

Color is central to her work, as it is a source of inspiration for form and content. Dying much of her own fabric, she enjoys how color captures and transmits light, and changes its own nature with the adjacency of others. Scale is important as well to Gerri, as the large pieces allow her during the making process, and the viewer during visiting to be actually in the work, hopefully provoking a visceral curiosity about who this may be? What’s going on here and about personal resemblances. 

Associated with the realm of women’s work, Gerri chooses to work with fabric through piecing, and printing and painting with mx procion dyes.  Often her pieces are given an additional layer of texture with quilting. She loves fabric’s feel, its potential for texture, and its capacity to take on luminous color. Also, it lends itself to portable handwork.

HEAD TO HEAD | 2015, 96 x 96 inches, machine pieced and quilted, hand dyed and commercial cottons. Photo: Andrew Pinkham.
INTERACTIONS #10 | 2014, 86 x 76 inches, machine pieced and quilted, hand dyed and commercial cottons. Photo: Andrew Pinkham.
IN WITH MY POSSE | 2015, 83 x 92.5 inches, machine pieced and quilted, hand dyed and commercial cottons. Photo:Andrew Pinkham.
INTERACTIONS #7 | 2015, 81 x 79, machine pieced and quilted, hand dyed and commercial cottons. Photo: Andrew Pinkham.

Philadelphia, PA USA

International
2019

Workshops: Yes
Talks: Yes
Commissions: Yes